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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 27, 2018

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Providence Forge woman ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution

By Andre Jones | May 11, 2018 5:14 pm

A Providence Forge woman will have to repay more than $10,000 in restitution after receiving formal sentencing in Charles City Circuit Court Friday morning. Kittie Ann Curtiss, 36, entered a guilty plea to a single count of grand larceny as part of a plea deal accepted during her Mar. 9 trial. At that trial, she admitted to stealing power tools and chainsaws from Robert Woodall and his construction company. Curtiss received a 10-year jail sentence with all but one day suspended. She must also pay $10,765 in restitution. In an unrelated case, a Clover man entered into a plea agreement…
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Quinton men in unrelated cases indicted on multiple charges

By Andre Jones | May 7, 2018 6:14 pm

Two men in unrelated cases have been indicted on several charges after indictments were unsealed in New Kent Circuit Court. –Junior Leroy Layman, of Quinton, was indicted on four charges of child abuse, two counts of aggravated sexual battery with a minor, and sodomy of a minor. The offenses allegedly took place on June 24, 2002 when the victim was a child. A tentative trial date is set for Sept. 28. –Robert Alan Partin, of Quinton, was indicted on 10 counts of possession of child pornography (second offense), and one count each of possession of child pornography (first offense), reproduction…
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Man receives year-long jail term for driving intoxicated on motorcycle in New Kent

By Andre Jones | May 7, 2018 5:20 pm

A Fredericksburg man will spend a year in jail after pleading guilty to driving under the influence (third offense). Mikel William Apperson, 29, of the 14000 block of Antler Road, entered the plea as part of Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Nov. 12, 2017, a Virginia State Trooper was monitoring Interstate 64 eastbound traffic at the rest area when he noticed a yellow motorcycle passing vehicles on the emergency lanes. The trooper began pursuing the bike, with speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour before the…
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Job eliminations, reassignments part of reductions made by Charles City School Board in budget

By Andre Jones | May 2, 2018 12:26 am

Forced to cut nearly three-quarters of a million dollars from its 2018-19 proposed budget, Charles City’s school board adopted recommendations of cuts and reassignments presented by superintendent of schools David Gaston and his staff. Cuts at Tuesday night’s work session came as the result of receiving information from the Apr. 24 meeting of the county’s board of supervisors. At that meeting, County Administrator Michelle Johnson proposed a budget of $5,504,573 for the schools. By contrast, the schools had requested $6,018,471 in local funding. Gaston addressed the dilemma, saying he, along with director of finance Sue Salg and director of operations…
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Two men indicted on 11 charges stemming from robbery in Charles City

By Andre Jones | May 1, 2018 10:00 pm

Two men who allegedly robbed a Charles City man each received 11 certified indictments by a grand jury during Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Michael DeVaughan Gordon, 40, of the 500 block of Deter Road, Richmond, and Ahmad Amir Hutchins, 22, of the 9800 block of Tunstall Road, New Kent, were indicted on three counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of robbery, two counts of grand larceny, and one count each of abduction, malicious wounding by shooting into an occupied building, attempted malicious wounding, and possession of a firearm…
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Drugs, gun found in car after chase send Richmond man to prison for seven-and-a-half years

By Andre Jones | April 30, 2018 9:28 pm

A Richmond man will spend the next seven-and-a-half years in prison after entering Alford Pleas of guilt to multiple charges stemming from a Nov. 18, 2017 high-speed chase in New Kent. Derrell Keith Williams, 34, accepted a plea agreement during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Williams entered Alford pleas of guilt to one charge each of possession of a weapon by a violent felon, felony eluding of police, an amended charge to possession of cocaine (originally possession of cocaine with intent to distribute), an amended charge of possession of cocaine while in possession of a gun (originally…
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Colonial Downs sold to Chicago-based organization

By Andre Jones | April 25, 2018 6:11 pm

Colonial Downs race track has been sold to a Chicago-based group after the completion of a sale Wednesday afternoon. With the recent General Assembly bill of slots-like betting terminals for historic racing passing, Revolutionary Racing struck a deal with Jacobs Entertainment, the deal exceeded more than $20 million according to a press release. Also, the release said that JNB gaming and Peninsula Pacific were also investors in making the acquisition. On Oct. 15, 2014, Jacobs surrendered his track license to the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) after an agreement could not be reached with the Virginia Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association…
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SCS Broadband provides update to localities at regional meeting

By Andre Jones | April 25, 2018 11:55 am

SCS Broadband representatives met with officials from several localities, including Charles City and New Kent, during a regional meeting last week. Requested by local government representatives, SCS Broadband provided information regarding Internet and infrastructure in rural counties. According to New Kent County Administrator Rodney Hathaway, some progress was made at the meeting. “They provided us with some updates and addressed some of our concerns,” said Hathaway Wednesday morning. “They have been giving us updates about their plans and intentions, as well as progress they have made and steps to address some issues.” Among one of the major steps taken by…
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Bridge replacement among projects listed on VDOT secondary six-year plan in New Kent

By Andre Jones | April 25, 2018 11:11 am

A plan to replace the Route 155 (Courthouse Road) bridge at the border of Charles City and New Kent Counties is part of Virginia Department’s of Transportation (VDOT) six-year secondary plan in New Kent. County Administrator Rodney Hathaway presented a list of proposed VDOT projects at Wednesday morning’s Board of Supervisors’ work session. Hathaway advised county leaders that while no solid information had not been received from VDOT, an estimation of $75,000-$80,000 in funds for the six-year plan are expected based off past history. Currently, there is approximately $170,000 designated for projects based from fiscal year 2017-18 funding. Funding for…
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General fund decreases by nearly $500,000 in Charles City’s proposed FY2018-19 budget

By Andre Jones | April 24, 2018 10:15 pm

Charles City supervisors received numbers of the reduction in expected general funds as part of a look at the first proposed budget for FY2018-19 at Tuesday night’s board meetings. While the projection did not include all of the state and federal funding due to the ongoing session, Charles City County administrator Michelle Johnson presented a budget of $14,330,557 to county leaders. The general fund is projected to be $7,505,751, down $492,479 compared to this year’s figure. New expenses in the general fund include reflecting a raise in staff based on performance ($66,181), community engagement funding ($49,500), absorbing the cost of…
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